A lot has been said about the benefits, or lack thereof, of commonly available toothpastes. While the modern toothpaste undoubtedly has its merits, brushing your teeth with baking soda or a bit of sea salt can go a long way to ensuring your pearly whites stay white and strong. They’re also good for keeping our gums healthy, for stopping plaque and making sure our breath stays fresh.
What’s so Great about Sea Salt?
There are numerous elements found in sea salt – calcium, iron, magnesium, nickel, phosphorus, silicon and sodium to name a few. These minerals are known to make gums stronger, get rid of bad breath, protect against tartar and whiten teeth. Sea salt also has a high iodine count, which aids in neutralizing the acids in our mouths. Not to mention giving it unmatched anti-bacterial properties. You can use a saltwater rinse for your mouth. Just mix ½ teaspoon of sea salt with about 4 oz of water. Wait for the salt to dissolve and gargle with it for about 30 seconds. This mixture also alleviates gum inflammation and gets rid of bacteria. If you’re not into gargling saltwater, you can just sprinkle ½ teaspoon sea salt on your toothbrush and brush.
Why Baking Soda?
Baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) is also one tried and tested way for whitening teeth naturally. Baking soda has a grainy enough consistency that can clear away plaque and tartar buildup but isn’t too abrasive to affect the teeth’s enamel. Because of its high alkaline content, it also combats the acid that causes tooth decay and fights bad breath. It’s also very easy to use. Just combine baking soda with water and mix into a paste and use it to clean teeth. You can even make your own toothpaste by mixing it with salt.
There are no side effects to worry about if you want to brush with sea salt and baking soda. Researchers have interviewed numerous dentists and oral hygienists about any detrimental effects found in patients who regularly brush with sea salt and baking soda and found none. But if you’re not willing to give up your regular toothpaste, using sea salt and baking soda one to two times a week is a good supplement to any dental care program.